Council pass plan to make new housing accessible for disabilities

PUBLISHED: 15:39 18 April 2018

The meeting will take place at the Town Hall.

The meeting will take place at the Town Hall.

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Many new houses built in North Somerset will need to be ‘adaptable’ for disabled access use, a council approved last week.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, executive member for housing, addressed North Somerset Council with the proposal to alter its Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to include its accessible housing assessment.

The council agreed future housing developments must ensure 17 per cent of the properties are ‘designed so they are capable of adaption to meet the needs of disabled people’.

Cllr David Shopland called for the council to change the plans to include all housing.

He said: “It should be a standard moving forward and a standard to be proud of.”

However this would involve the document going back out to consultation, which would cost the council money.

The SPD is used to give developers guidelines about the appearance of homes.

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